Three members of the KC Track Club recently took part in the racewalking events at the Kansas Senior Games in Topeka on Sept. 23. They included two veterans and a rookie. The veterans were BJ Thornburg and Alan Poisner who have previously won medals at the National Senior Olympics-and they had no problem winning medals in Kansas. BJ was 1st in the 1500-meter walk (F65-69) and also qualified for the nationals by virtue of her finish in a swimming event the previous day. Alan was first in the M75-79 in both the 1500-meter and the 5000-meter walks and lapped the field in the longer race. The rookie was John Anderson who had never entered the Kansas Senior Games before. He took 1st (M70-74) in both the 1500-meter and the 5000-meter walks and thus also qualified for the National Senior Olympics to be held in Cleveland in 2013. John also qualified in cycling by virtue of his performance on another day. He had the advantage of a cheering section, Maggie McCoy. Heartland Racewalkers came away with 10 Gold and 5 Silver medals, including one by Jean Brunnenkant in the women’s 1500-meter walk in the 95-99 age division! If you are less than 96 years old (Jean’s age), give racewalking a try by coming to one of the Saturday morning clinics, see www.heartlandracewalkers.com
Great job to all the Heartland Race Walkers!